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Lawrence Of Durham, Consolation On The Death Of A Friend

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This appendix contains a prose of Lawrence of Durham, Consolation on the Death of a Friend. The mourner has lost all joy in living after the death of his close friend Paganus. A Consoler appears, and, after unsuccessfully attempting the usual rhetorical methods of consolation, he teaches the mourner that he was not as happy as he thought, since he was always fearful that his friendship would end; and he demonstrates to him that he is mourning the loss of the material benefits his friendship brought him more than the loss of the friend himself. The Consoler provides a catalogue of Roman and Christian examples of fortitude and alludes briefly to the immortality of the soul as the primary (if inexplicable) reason for not mourning.

Keywords: Lawrence of Durham; Paganus; Roman nobility



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